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Columbia River PUD rolls out new vehicle washing program for nonprofit groups

Nonprofit groups in Columbia County now have a new fundraising option with a guaranteed $300 payout.

Columbia River People's Utility District is rolling out a new vehicle washing program that allows nonprofit groups to sign up for a three-hour shift washing PUD vehicles.

COLUMBIA RIVER PUD PHOTO - A new vehicle washing program launched by Columbia River PUD will allow nonprofit groups to wash PUD vehicles for $300.Groups can expect to wash about 10 vehicles and walk away with $300 after the shift.

To qualify, groups must be volunteering on behalf of a nonprofit within the PUD's service area and must have six to eight volunteers available. Vehicle washing shifts will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of each month at the PUD office in Deer Island. All supplies will be provided. Children ages 12-17 may participate, so long as they have adult supervision.

The PUD says the idea came from a neighboring utility district.

"It actually came from Tillamook PUD," Kyle Boggs, community and public relations specialist at CRPUD, said Wednesday. "One of our lineman grew up there, his dad works there, so we talked about it with the leadership team and the board thought it was a great idea, so we're rolling it out in just a few weeks."

So far, about 10 groups have applied to take part in the program, and slots are still open for more applicants.

Groups will be chosen to participate using a random number generator, and given roughly a month's notice to check availability, Boggs said.

If all goes well, the program will continue.

"That's the plan, is to have it this year and if everything goes well and we have good participation, we'll probably do it next year," Boggs noted.

The vehicle washing program is scheduled to take place April through October, and slots are still open for groups to apply. Vehicles range from large bucket trucks, to smaller pickup trucks and midsize vehicles.

Nonprofit groups are eligible to participate once a year.

For more information, visit crpud.net/wash.

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